We know that everyone is concerned about the recent spread of coronavirus. While there are no confirmed cases in Louisiana, it is very important to remain vigilant, while not succumbing to any type of panic or hysteria.
For now, the best thing we can all do is protect ourselves, and others, from respiratory infections:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. As Rabbi Natan mentioned at Services, though we are a synagogue that likes hugging and handshakes, please refrain from close contact. Instead, consider elbow-taps or the vulcan salute 🙂
- Refrain from kissing ritual objects such as mezuzot, tallitot, and Torah scrolls.
- Stay home when you are sick. The Jewish value of pikuach nefesh dicates that we must care for and consider the health of others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and disinfect your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you haven’t already been immunized against the flu, consider doing so immediately.
If you would like more information about COVID-19, and how to prevent the spread of the disease, please visit the CDC website.
We are monitoring the situation daily and will follow suggested protocols of local, state, and federal agencies. In addition, we are working with our professional janitorial company to ensure comprehensive cleaning of our synagogue facility including door handles, light switches, sanctuary, etc.
If we receive additional information that will concern our congregation, we will keep you informed. Please know that the well-being of our Beth Shalom family is our highest priority.